Move over silence, its ‘ding dong’ time for Africa

 

By Watmore Makokoba

And who said Africa cannot sing? Before this article is published echoes of talent from Harare will be singing to the whole world through the newly launched, first in Africa, “Mix The City Harare” which will allow people to explore and create music free online.

Launched yesterday by the British Council, Mix the City Harare showcases the diversity of sound music, and cultural influences from Zimbabwe‘s capital city Harare on one online platform where people from all over the world can now discover the sights and sounds of Harare and be able to create their own mix through a simple and intuitive audio/visual platform for mobiles, tablets and computers.

Original music samples already on the platform have been compiled by UK music –producer Boxed In (Oli Baystone) into short audio/video samples featuring 12 Zimbabwean musicians including Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, Douglas Vambe, Soul Jah Love, Jah Prayzah, Amara Brown, Josh Mech, DJ Ray, Dizz Othnell Mangoma Moyo, Blessing ‘Bled Chimanga, DJ Smiley, Prince Edward School Marimba Band and renowned apostolic choral group Vabati va Jehovah.

One of the participating artist songbird Amara Brown said she was excited to be part of the project.

“It was exhilarating working with fellow talented artists, at first I could not believe I can be able to compose a song abruptly at once like that, it was really inspiring and I think this is the opportune time to put Zimbabwe on the map”, Ammara Brown.

The musicians were recorded in unique locations across the country and samples from each musician can be combined and mixed to compose a soundtrack that the user can share on their social media channels directly from the website.

The  recordings were done at the Lion and Cheetah Park, National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare International Airport, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Joina City Mall, Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary , the legendary Dr Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre , JP Studios owned by Jah Prayzah, Prince Edward School Chapel , Mbare Flats and Julius Nyerere Footbridge.

The producer who worked with the artists Oliver Bayston said he cherishes the golden opportunity to have worked with Zimbabwean artists who have proved that they are talent-laden and can fit into any situation without any challenges.

“I am honoured to take part in the project and meeting such talented and incredible array of talented and interesting musicians has been a defining moment in my life of making music,

“I want to thank everyone at the British Council for their brilliant work on the project and send greetings to all the new friends and musicians I met in Harare” Bayston said.

“A brilliant insight into the beauty of Harare and the music of Zimbabwe, its diversity and heritage, I hope Mix The City Harare will provide a platform to challenge and to connect to the UK and beyond”,  said British Council Zimbabwe Director Sam Harvey.

Mix The City Harare is the first of its kind in the whole of Africa, users from over 208 countries and over two million people have already accessed the Mix The city platform worldwide. The project was partly funded by Econet Wireless and supported by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Tourism, Hospitality and Industry and the Harare International Festive of Arts (HIFA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 2 Cents on Alcohol Ban

 

By Kalabash Contributor

 

I am not an alcoholic but a mere habitual drinker who enjoys beer and sometimes a glass of whiskey every now and then. I am about to share my thoughts on the government’s new move to restrict alcohol consumption. Please give me a benefit of a doubt if I come off as an alcoholic who refuses to accept any change.

The Sunday Mail reports that the government intends to put in structures and policies that will effectively reduce the alcohol consumption on a national scale and one way they would do this which they say is reaching worrying levels is just but another case of misplaced priorities.

Delta beverages remain with a somewhat monopoly in the alcohol manufacturing bit and their financials do not suggest that their business is booming. Like many corporations that continue to keep their doors open, they are barely making ends meet. Once more please forgive me if I come off as the devil’s advocate on this.

In the past decade, Zimbabwe has witnessed even harder illegal drugs making their way into the society to pacify the majority of Zimbabwe’s youth who struggle to shoulder the burdens of this life sober. The burdens that come with staying in Zimbabwe are much worse when you are educated and ambitious yet the odds of unemployment and an education that propels their ambition which isn’t any good when this nation’s odds are stacked against.

In my view the move by government is a classic case of misplaced priorities as there is need to focus on solutions to stop these illegal and lethal yet affordable beverages that are making its way into the black market along with other hard drugs which include pills and the cough syrups that continue to be an alternative to alcohol.

Times are hard, many have found themselves in debt because they cannot afford access to healthcare and they end up at the mercy of the vicious debt collectors and in turn lose their property. Making healthcare accessible and rebuilding the country’s social services which will afford those who cannot pay for healthcare should be high on the agenda as well.

Just like the goods that were banned from being imported into the country but still find their way to the High Table of some political party function. The alcohol ban will not do much, people will get more creative on how they sell alcohol, in fact, the black market will boom when they add to alcohol to list of their contraband.

New political party to set up a Ministry of Relationships if elected into power

 

By Staff Reporter

A new comic political party Kambizi party fronted by Henry Kambizi Mutasa with a Tanzanian background has been launched in Harare today ahead of the 2018 harmonized elections.

49-year-old Mutasa who is not yet married said if he is voted into office in the next year’s election he will set up a separate ministry to deal with relationships.

“I’m going to set up a ministry of relationships if I’m voted into offices, the ministry will assist citizens to find girlfriends and boyfriends”, Mutasa said.

Mutasa said he was not against the idea of coalition and was ready to join any if approached.

“I’m ready to join any coalition if approached because they will offer me a position and this will make me enjoy at least 5 meals a day”.

The comic leader said in the current the party had no structures or followers but had secret admirers who were waiting for the launch of the party so that they can become followers.

 

We're live from the launch of a new Political party, Kambizi Party

Posted by Open Parly ZW on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zvinhu zvidiki zvinogona kudengendetsa nyika nhai?

 

By Jeda Tichapakura

Papfura mavhiki mashoma kubva zvaka uya mufindisi TD Jakes, asi sekutaurwa kwazvo, vanonzi vakaparidzira maChair. Chingava chikonzero ndechekuti kwakanga kune nyaya diki inenge hambe yainetsa. Ndoziva kuti hangu yakubhohwa kunzwa nezvayo but yaiva nyaya iya yaZodwa. Zvisinei hazvo,  ndakadzidza zvinhu zvandanga ndisina kumbofunga muhupenyu hwangu pamusoro pezvinhu zvidiki zvakaita senduwe.

You see, basa reNduwe is to act as the final defence mechanism.  The ultimate boarder control. The one that acts as  that little space between the Boarding bridge and the aeroplane door . Nduwe ndiwo muganhu.  iNhume yakapikira kurwisa kekupedzisira usati wayambuka muganhu, zvekuti paya paunorasa hunhu,  ndiyo inopa mashoko ekupedzisira ekuti,

“Wangu ka, kwawakuenda uku enda hako  asi enda uchiziva kuti wambopfura nepano.  Kana ini ndaonekwa, ziva kuti wapfura muganhu . Ndikaonekwa hangu zvogumira ipapo ,  usanyare stereki nekuti unenge uchiri nehunhu. Kunyangwe hako chiremerera chako chichidzikira nekuonekwa kwangu, chinenge chisina kurasika hacho chese.  Saka it’s not too late to turn back. Asi ini ndikazobva manje…. ”

In other words,  underwear is not mandatory,  it’s personal. It is a symbolic boundary,  a principle. One that serves as a reminder and a warning light.  Ndosaka vazhinji vachinyara kana kutoiyanika pawaya panze nekuti there is an emotional connection and moral purpose. A control that was planted into your mindset as a child,  kuti nduwe yako,  iSecret yako …Just like Vhoti yako !!!

Register to Vote , and choose your underwear wisely. Pasi neHuZodzwa hwekuramba kuvhota. Pamberi nenduwe.

…Asi imwe pfungwa inobva yati ko ndino vhoterei ndisina wekuvhotera. Shuwa ndingafambira kunoita spoiled ballot? Zvasiyanei nekufamba nenduwe inema Skid marks???

Ah,  ipapo hangu ndinoti kana zvakadaro sununguka kuva Zodwa zvako. Asi usazoshamisika kuona uchirambidzwa kuita zvaunoda  nevanhu vehurumende inenge yasarudzwa nevakapfeka dzavo ….Sezvakaitwa Zodwa

Eh ,  imi , ndiri kutamba hangu. Ndanga ndangoti tirangaridzane kuti nguva yekuRegister kuvhota yasvika ( asi zviri kunzi haisati yanyatsosvika futi , saka hameno kuti toziva zvipi). Kugadzirira zvinodiwa hakuna kuipa.  Nekuti chinhu chidiki seBallot chinogona kudengendetsa nyika futi.

Iri bho gen’a, tozotaura.

The Fable of the Crocodile Losing Currency

 

By Wisdom Mumera

After the 8th Youth Interface rally in Masvingo it has now become apparent that the rallies were nothing more than a factional campaign to emphasise the point that Mnangagwa is going nowhere beyond where he already is.

The President and First Lady have been taking turns to hit out at anything remotely aligned, inclined or allied to Mnangagwa whilst the sorry guy has just sat in the background absorbing every punch with the reticence of a steward, stoical and suffering.

Mnangagwa’s ally and main ideologue, Perm Sec for Information George Charamba received a full fire baptism in Chinhoyi.

“We came a long way together before I was what I am today. I attended your wedding and am friends to some of your children, but you have never visited my projects in Mazowe.

“You spend a lot of time writing useless articles that do not bring about development.

“You are the presidential spokesperson but you want to create a wedge between me and the president.

“You should know that the president and his wife are one thing, they are inseparable”, thundered the First Lady to the sheepish looking Charamba whom one couldn’t help but feel for, standing there helpless with folded hands.

Mnangagwa himself received his own bashing at the last rally where Grace questioned why he associates with people dismissed from the party.

Hearing some startling statements or being defrocked by the fiery First Lady is not news or surprising.
That’s common, usual and very much expected whenever she stands to speak. She shocked us at the handover of Cde Chinx’s house when she shared the inheritance of a living man and she has done it on so many other podiums.

What is however surprising is how the famed Crocodile seems to have swum out and been caught out of its depth.

Mnangagwa has been famed to be one or more of being sly, slick, ingenious or clever. However, from what is happening he has exhibited none of the supposed attributes.

The most that we have seen from the Crocodile has been a big bureaucratic fellow acting ignorant of what’s happening and we believe that’s his most and only weapon at the moment.

Mnangagwa cannot stand up to the shenanigans ongoing around the party round now. The basic of what he is is a guerilla warrior who learned law and found himself the Vice President after some machinations by others.
Now that his creators have devised alternative ideas he is gasping for breath.

The only time he tried to engineer a craft himself, The Tsholotsho Declaration, he chickened out after getting caught, suffered at the hands of the captors and had to lick his way up again.

Prof Jonathan Moyo outclassed him at a Politburo meeting after bringing a cavalcade of gadgets to project his allegations that Mnangagwa was planning a coup of some sort.

The Crocodile, still sunbathing maybe after the Gweru illness, is yet to respond to the allegations from then and Mugabe has stated that he is waiting for the response.

The army generals whom he is famed for being close to having been bottom spanked with Prof Moyo again defrocking General Chiwenga with allegations that his Doctorate was the creation of some other mind and not his own.

Whereas his enemies have been slick and fast, Mnangagwa has come across as the antithesis of the animal he is reputed to be, slow and heavy, banking more on the premise of silence saying more. That is however not working.

His silence is more and more becoming the timid withdrawal of a beaten man. His allies have been browbeaten, arrested and hounded out of the party whilst he seats atop the dais being washed over by the cavalcade of attacks.
Sandi Moyo is gone, Energy Mutodi is gone, Charamba is a goner, Chiwenga is silenced and most telling the Election Steering Committee for 2018 created by Mugabe has nothing resembling a Lacoste ally.

The crocodile is famous not just for slickness in attack but also for sleeping (or appearing to be so). Mnangagwa, however, seems to have taken the latter characteristic of the animal to the extreme, he is sleeping for real and by the time he wakes up it may be too late.

His enemies will have crossed the river.